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Saturday, August 2 • 11:00am - 12:20pm
The Return of "I Was a Teenage Writer"

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We do it every year because it’s awesome. See and hear some of today’s top YA writers reading from some of their early—very early—works. Works that possibly should have been destroyed, but thankfully, were not. We’ve all got to start somewhere.


Moderators
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Maureen Johnson

Maureen Johnson is the New York Times bestselling author of ten YA novels (including SUITE SCARLETT, SCARLETT FEVER, 13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES, THE NAME OF THE STAR, and THE MADNESS UNDERNEATH). She has also done many collaborative works, such as Let It Snow (with John Green and Lauren... Read More →

Speakers
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Holly Black

Author
Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, and two new forthcoming... Read More →
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John Green

Author
John Green is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars, Looking for Alaska, and two other books for young adults. He is also the co-author, with David Levithan, of Will Grayson, Will Grayson. The movie adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars was released in... Read More →
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Varian Johnson

Author
Varian Johnson is the author of four novels, including The Great Greene Heist, a Publishers Weekly Best Summer Book of 2014. His novels for older readers include My Life as a Rhombus, named to the Texas Library Association Tayshas High School Reading List and the New York Public Library... Read More →
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Alaya Dawn Johnson

Author
Alaya (rhymes with papaya) lives, writes, cooks, and (perhaps most importantly) eats in Mexico City. Her literary loves are all forms of speculative fiction, historical fiction, and the occasional highbrow novel. She plays the guitar badly and eats very well, particularly during canning... Read More →
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Kazu Kibuishi

Illustrator, Graphic Novelist
Kazu Kibuishi is the Eisner-nominated creator of the #1 New York Times bestselling Amulet series of graphic novels as well as Copper, and Daisy Kutter. He is also the cover artist of the recently released 15th anniversary editions of the Harry Potter series written by J.K. Rowling... Read More →
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Malinda Lo

Author
Malinda Lo is the author of several young adult novels including most recently the sci-fi duology Adaptation and Inheritance (Little, Brown). Her first novel, Ash, a retelling of Cinderella with a lesbian twist, was a finalist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, the Andre Norton... Read More →
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Lauren Myracle

Author
Lauren Myracle is the author of squillions of books for tweens and teens, including The Infinite Moment of Us, the best-selling Internet Girls series, horror novels Bliss and Rhymes with Witches, and Shine, winner of the 2012 Walden Award for YA fiction. Lauren feels amazingly lucky... Read More →
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Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell earned a journalism degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1995 and, at 24, became the youngest-ever – and first female – columnist at the Omaha World-Herald. Though her first novel, Attachments, is set in a newsroom, it couldn’t be less of a true... Read More →
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Robin Wasserman

Robin Wasserman is the author of The Waking Dark, The Book of Blood and Shadow, the Cold Awakening trilogy, and several other books for children and teens. (Maybe you caught the TV miniseries adaptation of her Seven Deadly Sins series... and if you haven’t, you’re missing out... Read More →
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Scott Westerfeld

Author
Scott Westerfeld is the author of the bestselling Uglies and Leviathan series. His books have won the Aurealis Award, the Victorian Premier's Award, the Philip K Dick Special Citation, and have been named NY Times Notable Books and BBYA Top Ten Children's Books of the Year. His latest... Read More →


Saturday August 2, 2014 11:00am - 12:20pm
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